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STARTALK. National Security Language Initiative. A national plan to increase the number of Americans learning critical need foreign languages such as Chinese Collaboration among various government agencies to provide programs beginning in early childhood. NSLI Players.

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National security language initiative
National Security Language Initiative

  • A national plan to increase the number of Americans learning critical need foreign languages such as Chinese

  • Collaboration among various government agencies to provide programs beginning in early childhood


Nsli players
NSLI Players

  • Department of Education: students, teachers, and government workers

  • Department of State: high school, undergraduate and graduate students to study abroad

  • Department of Defense: advanced instruction in critical languages in colleges

  • ODNI: STARTALK


What is startalk
What is STARTALK?

  • Summer programs in critical need languages

  • for teachers and students

  • Summer 2007 Pilot Year

    • Arabic and Chinese language study for 400 high school students

    • Professional Development opportunities for 400 teachers of Arabic and Chinese


Professional development goals
Professional Development Goals

  • Build infrastructure in critical languages within the US

  • Increase the number and expertise of qualified teachers in Arabic and Chinese

  • Provide training opportunities that lead toward certification


Summer 2007 pilot teacher programs
Summer 2007 Pilot Teacher Programs

  • STARTALK will award grants to existing Professional Development programs that

    • increase the number and expertise of Arabic and Chinese language teachers

    • facilitate prospective teachers’ progress toward state licensure

    • serve pre-service, public, private, and heritage language teachers as well as university faculty or assistants


Professional development priorities
Professional Development Priorities

  • Meet certification requirements through credit-bearing programs

    • Praxis I examination prep

    • Provide relevant courses

    • Blend theory and practice


Professional development target audiences
Professional Development Target Audiences

  • In-service teachers

    • renewal of certification

  • Pre-service teachers

    • Praxis and basic pedagogy and applied linguistics courses


Institutional eligibility for teacher programs
Institutional Eligibility for Teacher Programs

  • Organizations must demonstrate:

    • evidence of success in previous years for existing summer institutes or courses

    • curriculum geared toward enabling Arabic and/or Chinese language teachers to gain or improve linguistic or pedagogical skills

    • 3. courses are linked to state certification or licensure requirements


Summer 2007 pilot student programs
Summer 2007 Pilot Student Programs

  • STARTALK will award grants to existingsummer programs that

    • provide students with meaningful experiences to develop and improve their linguistic and cultural competence in Arabic and/or Chinese

    • offer credit to students for their language proficiency and opportunity to continue their study

    • serve all high school students from different backgrounds and language abilities in Arabic and/or Chinese


Institutional eligibility for student programs
Institutional Eligibility for Student Programs

  • Applicants must demonstrate:

  • evidence of success in previous years for existing summer foreign language programs

  • 2. the capability to offer meaningful Arabic and/or Chinese summer experiences for high school students in a safe and culturally rich environment


For more information
For More Information:

  • [email protected]

  • www.nflc.org/projects


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